Some people would say that this is a massive vanity project,choosing tracks that exclusivally apear on the label that you record for,well,it is not,it is a reflection on how fine the composing talent is on ECM,
and who better to pay that tribute thanone ofthe giants ao Jazz over the last few decades the.amazing Arild Andersen,supported by the equally talented Tommy Smith,the last time they recorded together they produced the live album"Live at Belle vue" which was a magnificent recording,
"May dance" by Dave Holland a fine upbeat verion of this song,the brass section works well,great bass playing,great playing by Smith as well.
"Molde Canticle"by Jan Garbarek,a lovely version of this Garbarek classic played with subtlty.
"Crystal silence"by Chick Coreastarts of with a pino and flute solo and when the band starts they add something to the original.
"Ulrikas song"by Trygve Siemagain sticks to the original tune with some fine playing by Arild
"Independency"by Arild Anderson is 16 minutes of true bliss,a remarkable performance.
"My Song"by Kieth JarretttThe magnetism of Jarrett seems to always pass me by,his style of music and composing skills always irritates me,however this ensemble have made this listenable to me
I urge you to consider buying this CD!
The packaging is,of course up to ECMs standard,a beautifully printed coloured booklet in a slipcase.
As usual for CM the recording of this live album is exceptional.
ARILD ANDERSON.....DOUBLE BASS
MARTIN KERSHAW.....CLARINET,SOPRANO AND ALTO SAXOPHONE
PAUL TOWNDROW......ALTO SAXOHONE
TOMMY SMITH......FLUTE AND TENOR SAXOHONE
KONRAD WISZNIEWSKI.....TENOR SAXOHONE
BILL FLEMMING.....BASS CLARINET BARITONE SAXOPHONE
CAMERON JAY.....TRUMPET ,FLUGELHORN
TOM MaCNIVEN.....TRUMPET FLUGELHORN
LORNA McDONALD.....BASS BARITONE.TUBA
CALUM GOURLAY.....DOUBLE BASS
RECORDED IN 2010
RELEASED IN 2012